Mumbai Diary: Thursday Theme

The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

White-out for prize-winner
IT WAS a proud moment for young cricketers posing with their trophies after the inter-school Harris Shield and Giles Shield prize distribution at Azad Maidan yesterday. Except for Yashasvi Jaiswal of Anjuman-I-Islam (Urdu) school, who had to leave the ground trophy-less. And all because his coach had forgotten to tell him to wear white.

Yashasvi Jaiswal left out in the cold. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Yashasvi Jaiswal left out in the cold. Pic/Bipin Kokate

“My school coach Siraj (Qureshi) sir called me to inform me that I will receive three prizes today. But he did not tell me that we had to wear cricket whites to the function. I got myself a new pair of jeans and a T-shirt. But Mumbai Schools Sports Association cricket secretary H S Bhor didn’t let me on the dais because I was not in cricket whites,” he told us.

Jaiswal or his coach will now have to collect his prizes from the MSSA office. But the moment is lost to him forever. Not for any fault of his, Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) all-rounder Prithvi Shaw also was deprived of the replica of the Harris Shield during the ceremony.

MSSA President Fr Jude Rodrigues had announced that he would present the replica of the trophy for scoring a record-breaking 546 runs, but at the ceremony, Fr Jude was absent and so was the replica.

IIT's not funny
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is well known for being ex-IIT-B. Which is why it was slightly embarrassing for the city when he recently “joked” at a public function in Goa that journalists are not thinkers or intellectuals. Being mere graduates, paid just R 25,000 a month, he said, they write news as they understand it.

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar

Media-bashing seems to be the flavour of the season (see our editorial on page 20), and while journos may not all be sages, Goan law student and journalist Nigel Britto decided to find out whether the “intellectual” CM’s colleagues meet his standards.

Here’s what he found: Of the 21 BJP members in the Goa assembly, only four are post-graduates. Three, including himself, are graduate professionals. The rest? Five are Std XII, three are Std X, and the rest are graduates. Oh wait, we forgot “mere” graduates. Maybe all that sun and sand has affected Parrikar the wrong way.

Raoul call to Goa
One hears that late cartoonist Mario Miranda’s son Raoul Miranda has been spending the last couple of months at the family home in Loutolim, Goa. Raoul, a well-known hairstylist, has been New York-based since several years but says, “I love my Goa.

I have come back on a visit to meet Mom. Leaving for New York next month.” His apartment in Greenwich Village, Manhattan doubles as a salon. “It’s very exclusive,” he told us on the phone from Goa. So in case you’re in the Big Apple and feel some tress stress, you know where to go.

Solar, so good
You must have read by now that the Mahalaxmi racecourse is going green with a vengeance. They have tied up with environmental firm TERI for an energy audit, aiming to lessen their carbon footprint, which in street talk means means more efficient utilisation of energy.

A prototype of the solar panel
A prototype of the solar panel

The racecourse says that it wants to make a bio-diversity resource park but has still not decided where exactly this park would be. We did get shown a sample shot of the solar panel which it is planning to install for its energy-conservation initiative. So don’t be surprised if you see solar panels on your next visit to the races. You may even see some extra trees in the Mahalaxmi environs solar trees, that is. No horsing around here, they’re serious.

Global flavours
Mumbai’s newest swish residential address, the Imperial Towers at Tardeo, recently hosted a kick-up-your-heels evening for the large number of expats living in the twin buildings, located just behind Mahindra Heights in the heart of the city.

Given the high swank quotient, we don’t think the do was too boisterous. What we hear is that it was like an international mela, with expats showcasing their traditions and offering their neighbours a taste of their country, literally.

Given that the residents include people from Japan and Mexico, our mouths are watering just thinking of that feast. Specially since the finger food was followed by a proper buffet dinner to round off the evening. We think it was a great move, in a world where many of us don’t even have time to get to know our neighbours. This idea deserves an ex-pat on the back.

Contributed by: Sundari Iyer, Sachin Kalbag, Hemal Ashar, Vidya Heble

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